Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford Street, Suite 250
Boston, MA 02114
Explore This Treatment Program
At the MGH Laser and Cosmetic Center we use lasers to safely and effectively remove unwanted facial and body hair.
If you can answer “yes” you may want to consider laser hair removal.
- Are you tired of shaving, plucking or waxing?
- Do you get razor bumps?
- Do you have unwanted body hair?
Areas that we can treat
Newer laser technology allow us to treat most people safely for hair removal. Our office has more than one laser to remove hair, so we can now treat people of all skin types. Some lasers can treat larger areas as well as small areas.
- Bikini Area
How Do Lasers Remove Hair?
A concentrated beam of light is aimed at the hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to hinder future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years, as individual results vary.
Sun protection is crucial before and after laser treatments, if you show up with a tan or sunburn, your dermatologist cannot treat you. Laser hair removal on tanned skin absorbs too much laser light, which can damage the skin. Lighter hair colors will not absorb enough of the laser’s energy to disable the hair follicle; therefore, no laser hair removal system is effective on blond, white or gray hairs.
Laser hair removal can be dangerous in inexperienced hands resulting in burns, permanent changes to your skin color, and scars. You can be confident in knowing that only our doctors that are highly experienced using lasers perform treatments and your safety and satisfaction is a top priority.
Why Do I Need a Consultation?
Your treatment plan is customized to meet your specific goals and needs. For this reason, a face-to-face consultation is required. This allows your cosmetic dermatologist (a skin doctor who helps improve a patient’s physical appearance) to develop the best possible treatment plan for you.
During the consultation, the doctor will:
• Address your concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan
• Review your general health
• Evaluate your overall skin condition
• Discuss risks and benefits of the treatment
• Discuss the number and costs of treatment
A consultation is required and there is a fee for the consultation.
Is it Covered by Insurance?
No. Laser hair removal treatments are considered an elective cosmetic dermatology service. Cosmetic dermatology services are typically considered not medically necessary by medical insurance plans and are not covered.